2017-06-01 / News

St. Ignace Middle School Cast and Crew To Present ‘Happily Never After’

By Kevin R. Hess


At left: Fifth grade student Wisteria Brady (front) plays Sleeping Beauty in the Middle School Drama Club’s production of “Happily Never After.” Sleeping Beauty and her Prince are having relationship problems because Sleeping Beauty likes to nap a lot. They visit the creator of their fairy tale for help with their marriage. Haley Allers (middle) and Carson Yoder can be seen in the background. At left: Fifth grade student Wisteria Brady (front) plays Sleeping Beauty in the Middle School Drama Club’s production of “Happily Never After.” Sleeping Beauty and her Prince are having relationship problems because Sleeping Beauty likes to nap a lot. They visit the creator of their fairy tale for help with their marriage. Haley Allers (middle) and Carson Yoder can be seen in the background. The St. Ignace Middle School Drama Club will present “Happily Never After” to the public Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m., in the St. Ignace Elementary/ Middle School cafeteria. The play follows popular fairy tale characters as they seek counsel for their relationships from the creator of their fairy tales. Sleeping Beauty will do nothing but nap. The Frog Prince refuses to give up his amphibian ways, and nothing will pry Cinderella away from her cinders. They seek the help of the one who wrote their stories, the Counselor, played by seventh-grade student Jaylynn McNeely. In the course of counseling, the Counselor sets out to rewrite their stories, leading to some interesting and comical results.

“The play takes the fairy tales and puts them into reality,” said eighthgrader Hannah Sposito. Hannah’s character is Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother.

The story follows the relationships of Prince Charming and Cinderella, Prince Ling and Sleeping Beauty, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, the Frog Prince and Pond Princess, and others.

The students have been preparing for the past month and a half with after-school rehearsals. The students enjoy participating in the play for a variety of reasons. Fifth grader Shelby Lee said that the play is a good alternative for students who aren’t interested in sports. Shelby’s character is Snow White. Fifth-grade student Wisteria Brady is enjoying the play because she gets to yell at people as part of her character, Sleeping Beauty. Her sister, Azalea, who is in seventh grade and plays Evil Stepsister #2, enjoys being able to spend time with her friends backstage. Seventh-grader Kat Hansen plays Ms. Scribe, the Counselor’s secretary. She says she is learning how to project her voice so everyone can hear her. Eighth-grader Sophia Kurnava says being in a play helps with self-confidence and self-esteem. She is playing Evil Stepsister #1. Eighth-grader Austin Graham plays Prince Charming. He was also in the high school production of “Alice in Wonderland.” He says he enjoys the club because it teaches cooperation.

“In the real world, just like in a play, you have to be able to cooperate and work well with other people,” he said.

Seventh-grade student Skyler Musick plays the Pond Princess, wife of the Frog Prince. She says she enjoys her character because she gets to be sarcastic and funny.

“My character is just like me,” she said. “I think people will like my character a lot.”

Eighth-grader Nakiya Kingsbury has also been part of both the high school and middle school plays. She plays Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

“I think people will enjoy the play because they can relate to what’s happening,” she said.

Sue St. Onge, Youth Services Coordinator for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is the director of the play and the Drama Club. This is the first year for the middle school Drama Club.

“It’s the result of increased interest and energy generated by the high school drama club productions over the last couple of years,” she said of establishing the club for younger students.

Ms. St. Onge says drama increases the students’ confidence and allows them to express themselves authentically and creatively.

“We have witnessed the students’ enthusiasm grow, as well as their level of involvement and confidence,” she said. “We would like for area youth to have additional avenues in which to express their individuality and creativity while strengthening their sense of belonging and involvement in the community. It also increases the participants’ public speaking skills, which can benefit students down the road as they transition to jobs and careers.”

Aside from acting, Ms. St. Onge says there are several ways students can be involved, even if they do not want to appear onstage. They can help to create the sets and operate lights and the sound system. Drama Club also supports their social connections with their peers.

“Students have really come into their own voices and are more comfortable opening up and fully expressing themselves. They seem to be more accepting of others, as well as owning their own individuality by honoring their own interests, voices, and ideas,” she said. “We have definitely seen social connections and friendships flourish among the students and they support one another on and off stage.

The cast and crew is as follows:

Cast Counselor: Jaylynn McNeely

Understudy: David Moeller Scribe: Kat Hansen

Understudy: Haylee Larson Prince Charming: Austin Graham

Understudy: Aiden Jarvie Cinderella: Mariana Zaragoza

Understudy: Hailey Grove Step Sister 1: Sophia Kurnava

Understudy: Vee Kingsbury Step Sister 2: Azalea Brady Step Mother: Hannah Sposito

Understudy: Emily Tracy Prince Ling: Mary Jane Cadotte

Sleeping Beauty: Wisteria Brady Pond Princess: Skyler Musick

Understudy: Mercedes Convery Frog Prince: Sawyer Graham

Snow White: Shelby Lee

Belle: Nakiya Kingsbury

Understudy: Penelope Knoll Ariel: Riley O’Rourke Eric: Gunner Olsen Flynn Rider: Carson Yoder

Rapunzel: Ali Vanier

Crew: Haley Allers, Kassandra Gugin, Amanda Hanson, Patience Holt, David Moeller, Ben Neering, Helena St. Onge-Kissinger, Rainee Szydel-Lloyd, Season Szydel-Lloyd, Ameesa Thorin, Missy Wyers.

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